Friday, December 9, 2011

My search for a Tablet


It all started on a usual evening when I was reading Engadget and found out Amazon would bring their new reader+tablet named "Kindle Fire". The main attraction, especially for me, was the price point as it was priced for $199 or around 15000 Bangladeshi taka. That's not a lot for a tablet, I thought. Without much thinking, I asked my friend who was in the USA and would be visiting Bangladesh shortly to pre-order one for me. He did. I thought that was the end of it.

The real story began soon after. Fire was built for american consumers, having no access to the Android market. I already have a e-ink Amazon Kindle with a 6'' screen, which is great for reading books in Amazon's azw or mobi format but not so good with PDF files. I figured Fire would add little more value to my old kindle, may be only in reading some color documents. So I cancelled my pre-order and started looking for a ten-inch tablet. Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) was around the corner, so I started reading reviews and kept checking deals websites. After watching a significant number of video reviews, regularly reading Amazon customer feedback, asking people about their experiences and going through numerous other review sites , I became an expert on the current tablets.

On the night of the BF, another of my close friends was talking with me while they were roaming around shop to shop. He knew I was looking for a tablet and I knew the tablet deals by heart. Long story short, he got an Acer Iconia Tab A500 for me. The reason I chose it was mainly for the full-size USB port. Besides, of course, the price drop and the good reviews.

Its awesome to have great friends all around the globe. Not so much awesome is the USD to BDT conversion rate now-a-days.